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Roughly 200 million registered voters will cast their ballots today to elect the 45th US president. Analysts see Democratic candidate Clinton in the lead, however Republican rival Trump is almost neck and neck with her in key states. How will the result affect Europe? And what impact has the campaigning had on the state of democracy?

A new FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server for sending emails dealing with official matters has put the US presidential candidate under pressure shortly before the election campaign ends. Some commentators accuse the FBI chief of acting without due authority and out of vanity. Others criticise the parties' behaviour towards the country's justice system.

Both US presidential candidates are preparing for legal battles to challenge the election results should their party lose, according to Bloomberg news agency. The rifts created during the campaign will dog the US for years and make compromises more difficult regardless of who wins, commentators fear.

After the third TV debate in the US election campaign 2106, all the attention is focussed on Donald Trump's statement that he might not recognise the results of the election. In saying this Trump has sullied democracy and declared himself a loser, commentators say. They also warn that if the old guard wins we won't have seen the last of populism.

Hillary Clinton cut a better figure than her Republican rival Donald Trump in the first TV debate between the two candidates, according to the polls. Some commentators say Trump has once again shown that he is unfit for the White House. Others believe that with his concise statements he made a good impression.

Police in New Jersey have arrested a 28-year-old US citizen of Afghan origin in the wake of bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey. 29 people were injured in the attacks on the weekend. Commentators say such attacks will play right into the hands of Donald Trump in the presidential election campaign.

Following her dizziness spell at the 9/11 commemoration ceremony in New York, Hillary Clinton has defended her decision to remain silent about her pneumonia. Clinton's health could prove fatal for her White House ambitions, some commentators write. Others take a critical view of the debate itself and ask whether candidates really should make all their affairs public.

First US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump insulted the Muslim parents of a fallen soldier, then he was accused of inciting violence against his rival Clinton. Now he has refused to make his tax returns public. He needs to change his mind quickly on this if he doesn't want to ruin his chances of moving into the White House altogether, commentators argue.

The US Democrats have fallen victim to another cyber attack. Hacked emails had already been made public via Wikileaks. Washington is not ruling out Russian involvement in the attacks. Wikileaks has hurt Hillary Clinton's chances of election, some commentators criticise. Others say the attacks won't have any impact on the election results.

The Republican presidential candidate Trump would only assist the Baltic states in the event of a Russian attack if they fulfil their obligations vis-à-vis Nato. This statement made in an interview throws six decades of US alliance policies out the window, according to a few commentators. For others, Trump is merely repeating the usual US criticism of European military reticence.

Hillary Clinton has been officially nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate and competing for the US presidency against the Republican candidate Donald Trump. But commentators doubt for several reasons she has what it takes to beat him.

After his victories on Super Tuesday and in the New York primary it seems increasingly likely that the businessman Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate in the US presidential election. Meanwhile Hillary Clinton has consolidated her lead against Bernie Sanders. Who will be the next US president?

With elections in thirteen states and one territory, today's Super Tuesday is the most important date in the American primaries. The Republicans only have themselves to blame for the fact that Donald Trump is virtually unstoppable now, commentators stress, but believe that in the end Hillary Clinton will be the one who moves into the White House.

The Republican front-runner Donald Trump and the Democrat Bernie Sanders have won clear victories in the New Hampshire primaries. US voters are sending the message that they want radical change, commentators write, explaining why many Europeans find Sanders appealing.

Surprise results in the US primaries in Iowa: in the Democratic camp Hillary Clinton emerged with only a 0.2 percent lead over Bernie Sanders. On the Republican side Ted Cruz defied the polls and beat Donald Trump by a clear margin. The voting patterns reflect widespread anger and disenchantment, commentators conclude.